Monday, 30 October 2017

Chuckles Winter Book Cull


OK I'm tired of drowning in my TBR and it's time to do something about it! I plan to reduce the amount of books I have but in a two part way.

This is the first part of my book cull. I am going to go through every book on my ereader and reference each one against Goodreads reviews before making a final decision on whether I really want to read it or not. I'll be looking to cull those with dreadful main characters, tropes I hate, confused writing and very slow starts. These are my biggest reasons for DNFing books so that is a good place to start.

I really do need to focus on the genres I love like non sex based UF, horror, non fiction politics, preppers and apocalypses, Tudor fiction, non fiction mountain climbing, history etc. If I'm going to be watching more TV and films, and watching favourite boxsets and getting in a few book re-reads of old favourites etc then I really need to focus my time on what I want to read most. I also want to read more on non fiction subjects that interest me so before I can do that, I need to get rid of the books that no longer interest me.

Hopefully I'll get my TBR reduced by doing this and giving myself more of a chance to get through books I really do want to read. I will also be tackling the physical books I own, clearing out those I no longer want even if I haven't read them yet. I MUST get space back and the local charity shops will be glad of the books I'm donating! I'm also planning to cull my cds as I don't listen to much music these days and I have way too many! Getting the TBR down will help to de-stress me and stop me feeling so overwhelmed. I hope it will also get me out of this terrible slump!

When my shelves are in better order, I will take some photos to share with you! 

Are you planning a winter book cull or clearout? Are you taking back control of your shelves? Are you overwhelmed by the size of your TBR and needing a solution? 

20 comments:

  1. Good luck. Sounds like you've got a good plan to work with. I need to do this but....nah, not right now :)

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    1. I'm off to a good start! A pile deleted and lists on priority digital books and physical books that had mixed reviews to focus on first. Hopefully a few DNFs lurking there...

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  2. Good luck on the winter cull! :)

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    1. It's started well! Culled about 30 so far which helps!

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  3. That sounds like a big task! I hope it helps you out of your slump. There may be a few books in there just calling out to you.

    I need to go through all of the books on my kindle just to see what I own.

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    1. I've found a few that have baffled me as to why I've downloaded them at all. One was steampunk meets western and I hate both genres!

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  4. This is definitely something I need to do! My TBR is weighing me down both physically and mentally and is the main reason why I'm taking a break right now. Perhaps culling the pile will help me get out of my extra long slump. Thanks so much for the idea! :)

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    1. A nice cull also reminds you of some interesting sounding books you forgot you had, lurking in the depths of the ereader! Hope this works for you too!

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  5. Yep. I'm going to cull me physical books and ebooks. And clean up my Goodreads TBR. I have some boxes already started and once a week I spend some time on Goodreads. The Kindles will be last.

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    1. I have a bag ready for the charity shop that I hope to fill quickly. I now have 30 deleted, another 50 marked as 'priority' that had mixed reviews, priority paperback list I need to get to...and I need to raid my shelves for books I've read but can now live without to give me space for more recent purchases! It has got me thinking about books today so I hope for some reading tonight! I'll be interested in how your book cull goes too!

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  6. I probably should do a culling. I like to keep things on my TBR just to remind me what I still need to read, but I have to face the truth: No way I'll ever be able to read everything I want, even if I had several lifetimes.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I'd forgotten half of what was on the ereader! I'm hoping this kickstarts my reading again! I'll never get to all the books I have either unless I do this...not looking forward to ploughing through the physical bookshelves later for the charity shop bag!

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  7. Good luck! It sounds like an overwhelming job. I only own 6 unread books, but I need to get them read by the end of the year so I can start a fresh TBR pile. I’m also out of shelf space, so I have to cull the books I’ve already read. I’m lazy and procrastinating that.

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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    1. 6 unread books...amateur!!! *giggles* Yeah I need to deal with those I've already read and try to part with some of them!

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  8. I should do a cull, but I'll probably put it off until me and Lisa have found somewhere to live in the UK. If only someone would employ her already, agh. I really don't fancy moving with all my books, though!

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    1. I hope Lisa can get a job real soon...it must be really tough for you with all the travelling back and forward. If I had to move house, I'd need one removal truck just for my books and dvds!

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  9. I need to do this as well. I wish you much luck!

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    1. I've culled about 60 books which is pretty good going and it brings me back down to 800 books again. Now I need to look at the paperback non fiction and lesser genres and get through that lot next!

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  10. oh wow I wish I could make this kind of resolutions! Good luck Chuckles!

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    1. The first part involved deleting 60 books off the ereader. Next I need to look up every book review of every story in each anthology, narrow down which I want to read, get them read and get the books deleted!

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